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Family members gather to remember Shively homicide victim in wake of violent weekend

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Standing around a roadside memorial, family members talked about Deshawndre Davis Monday night. Standing around a roadside memorial, family members talked about Deshawndre Davis Monday night.

SHIVELY, Ky. (WDRB) -- Standing around a roadside memorial, family members talked about Deshawndre Davis Monday night. 

"He made people laugh," said his father, Andrea Davis. 

Somebody shot and killed the 22-year-old near Dixie Highway and Ralph Avenue Sunday. 

The life of a father and a son was suddenly taken. 

"I don't know what to feel to be honest," said his mother, Tamara Townes. "I can't cry. I can't... I'm just lost. I'm lost." 

Davis' murder in Shively happened within 24 hours of three other murders.

Sunday morning, officers found a man dead in an alley near 1st and Jefferson. Police say 30-year-old Michael Dippel was murdered at 20th and Chestnut. Shards of glass were still on the street near where a woman was shot and killed on 37th near Market. A 16-month-old girl was killed on this same block last year. 

Major Tom Dreher is in charge of LMPD's second division, where a lot of the violence is happening. 

"I do not know what it stems from but historically there seems to be an underlying current of drugs. Drugs seems to be involved in quite a few of them," Dreher told WDRB News. 

During a Hallmark neighborhood meeting Monday night, one woman asked about all of the killings. 

"What we'd like to do is to continue to encourage residents, if they see anything suspicious, hear anything suspicious, please give us a call," he said. 

Dreher also says the division is putting its people in areas with the most problems. 

Homicide detectives are now working the four new cases. 

"The police department needs to find these people before I do," Davis said about his son's killer or killers. 

"That person who killed my son took my best friend from me and my life will never, ever be the same," Townes said. 

Police are looking into whether any of the shootings are connected. 

If you have any information, you're asked to call the tip line at 574-LMPD. 

More: Police investigating 4 weekend murders, some Louisville residents fed-up with violence

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